Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Exploits of Capt. Fanning to be subject of La Grua program

Published February 04. 2013 4:00AM

Stonington - The life of Capt. Edmund Fanning seems to come right out of a Hollywood movie.

He went to sea at 14 and in 1797 and 1798, while still in is 20s, he captained the first American vessel from the region to sail around the world bearing the American flag.

Along the way he killed seals and traded them for a fortune in Chinese tea, silk and fine porcelain that he sold when he returned home. He repelled an attack by 29 pirate ships off Sumatra and discovered several South Pacific islands, one of which is named after him. Later he backed trading expeditions, including financing ships captained by Nathaniel Palmer of Stonington, who is credited with discovering Antarctica.

On Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the La Grua Center in the borough, Meredith Mason Brown, a director of the Stonington Historical Society, will present a program titled "Stonington Goes Global: The Career of Captain Edmund Fanning." The talk is free and open to the public.

News by Town

Most Recent Poll
The White House photo of Obama shooting skeet is trending. What's the big deal?
After the president answered 'yes' when asked if he had ever fired a gun, the White House had to provide proof.
The timing feels uncomfortable. In two days, Obama plans to take his gun-control proposals on the road.
I bet that's the first time he ever picked up a gun.
I think the photo has been Photoshopped.
I'd say not very deft politics.
I bet Obama is an expert marksman.
Number of votes: 865

No current items found